In this age and day, cooking should not be a lengthy and stressing activity. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are kitchen appliances that makes it easy, fast, and convenient to cook your favorite meals even with the least if time at your disposal. Two of the most popular of such kitchen countertop appliances are the air fryer and the convection oven. They are fast, easy to use and highly reliable. These being some of the things they have in common, there are some significant differences, especially since these are two completely different cooking devices. But what exactly is the difference between them?
Below is a summary of the difference between the air fryer and the convection oven.
Convection Oven Vs Air Fryer – Main Differences
In essence, convection ovens cook food through radiation from a heating element to heat the food. Most models of this device are equipped with fans on the side of the interior, which help circulate support for even transfer of heat to food being cooked. This technology is referred to as convective heat transfer. The appliance can cook food through baking, roasting, broiling, and even toasting of bread.
What Is An Air Fryer
The air fryer on the other hand is a kitchen appliance for the counter top, which can be used or frying, and cooking Different kinds of foods in various ways. It employs rapid air technology, where the hot air from a heating element and a system of fans is what gets the food cooked.
The major differences between the two kitchen countertop devices can be noticed when one considers the method of cooking, temperature, time taken for meals to get ready, physical look and feel, and cooking technology employed by the appliances, as well as prices, lifespan and maintenance needs.
Design And Size
A standard convection oven is a rectangular shaped appliance that is compact in a way for kitchen space saving. It has a one or several trays where food is placed for cooking depending on the particular model. On the other hand, air fryers have a more compact size with an oval or circular shape that extends vertically. They have a retractable basket where food is placed for cooking.
Cooking Methods and Food Quantity
Generally, the air fryer allows you to not only fry your food, but with the appliance you can also grill, bake, and roast different kinds of food. The convection oven can also bake, roast, toast, and broil.
With a convection oven, you can cook a higher amount of food than you can with the air fryer. This is because of two main differences. That the air fryer is generally smaller and thus can accommodate smaller batches of food to cook at a time; and that the rapid air technology of cooking requires adequate spacing so that food can get heated and cooked evenly.
In both these devices, heat is delivered through air molecules and so it is in indirect contact with food. However, while all air fryers come with inbuilt fans for circulation of air to heat the food cooked, not all convection ovens may posses fan technology.
Cooking Time and Food Quality
With an air fryer, the resulting food is in most cases crispier, more tasty and better flavored. It is oil free and thus a healthier cooking appliance as compared to most others. As for the convection oven, resulting food is often juicier and less crispy. The later device has a toasting function for bread as well. It takes lesser time to cook with an air fryer than a convection oven
Price and Lifespan
More often than not, price and lifetime of either of the two cookers will largely depend on the product brand and model. However, convection ovens are generally more expensive than their air fryer counterparts. Air fryers also tend to have a longer lifespan as compared to convection ovens, mostly due to the design of the former, which is meant to last long. However, determinants factors for durability such as maintenance and rightful use also factor into play.
Maintenance and Cleaning
How easy it is to maintain and keep a kitchen device clean, is important when it comes to convenience of use. This forms the basis of Difference between the two products as it is easier to deal with an air fryer than it is for the convection oven. The main reason for this is because while the air fryer has a guard where dripping oil from food collects while cooking, the most models of the alternative device lack one. This means that it can get messier and more problematic to clean and maintain a convection oven.